What’s On Thurs 4th to Wed 10th Feb by Susie Daniels

NME AWARDS TOUR

Just like Number 44 buses, Bloc Party go off the radar for ages before returning with TWO exciting developments in the space of a week.
Following on from the release of their fifth studio album Hyms only days ago, the indie kings are now headlining the NME Awards Tour which reaches Glasgow’s Barrowlands on Friday 5th.
They’re joined in the country’s top venue by rock brothers Drenge, NME Best New Artist nominee Ratboy and Manc Grime MC Bugzy Malone.

ELECTRIC GLEN

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Electric Glen transform’s Rouken Glen Park, one of Scotland most beautiful parks in Glasgow’s southside, into an electric wonderland for eight nights.

Heavenly lit waterfalls, boating pond and woodland paths, music and fire promise to make this an unforgettable experience as you walk through the glen.

You’ll learn about the history and ecology of the park, through creative interpretations that use stunning lighting, powerful soundscapes and interactive activities. How good does that sound? Pray for calm weather! On from Feb 4th to 14th. Tickets £10, discounts with group bookings or concessions

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS– Year of the Monkey

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As a rule the only animals jigging in George Square on a Sunday morning are the drunken stragglers from the night before.
But as the Glasgow civic space hosts the Chinese New Year celebrations for the first time, you’ll be treated to the spectacle of dancing dragons, prancing lions and martial arts displays and so much more.
Down side: you have to be relatively early as the party to welcome the Year of the Monkey kicks off at mid-day.
Upside: it’s a free event and promises to be something a little bit different – unless you’re familiar with the city centre
Sunday 7th, George Sq. 12pm

NITRO CIRCUS

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Mind-blowing cross platform entertainment for daredevils and risk-taking wannabes in the spirit of fun, friendship and camaraderie.
That’s how the Nitro Circus guys describe their show, which pitches up at the Hydro in Glasgow as part of a massive world tour.
If bike stunt riders and skate DAREDEVILS float your boat then this is most probably the show for you.
It promises elite athletes, dangerous contraptions and mind-blowing stunts – an adrenaline junkie’ s no-brainer, then. SSE Hydro Thursday 4th.

EDINBURGH CAPITALS v MANCHESTER STORM ELITE LEAGUE
Murrayfield Ice Rink, Sunday.
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Enjoy watching grown men beat each other up for fun in a sub-zero environment? Of course you do, and with top level ice hockey sliding into Murrayfield Ice Rink on Sunday, you can fill your skates with plenty of organised violence.
Edinburgh Capitals host Manchester Storm in an Elite League match, with the winners getting to bowl their conquered rivals’ severed heads down the rink at full-time.
Or simply collecting two points in their struggle to get away from the bottom of the table.